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Beethoven à la Kern - January 8, 9 & 10

Event Details

Classical Series

2021 - 2022

About the Concert

Santa Rosa Symphony favorite, Olga Kern, returns to perform Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto, Emperor, a grand virtuosic showpiece setting the pianist up as the hero battling the orchestra. Wagner’s warm and swelling Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1 provides the perfect beginning for a year of hope and recovery along, with the much-anticipated First Symphony by Composer-in-Residence Gabriella Smith, commissioned by First Symphony Project* donors.

*This is the second season of the First Symphony Project. This four-season project with four world premieres by American composers is commissioned by the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Eugene Symphony and nine patron households including Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong.

Concert Conversations with Francesco Lecce-Chong

Due to an abundance of caution, the pre-concert talk has been cancelled for this concert weekend.


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Covid Protocols for this concert

Ages 7-11:

  • Masks are required. Must cover nose and mouth at all times.
  • Negative COVID PCR test (taken within 48 hours prior to performance).
  • Photo ID is required unless accompanied by parent.

Ages 12 & up;

  • Masks are required. Must cover nose and mouth at all times.
  • Photo ID is required

And one of the following:

  • Proof of vaccination - name on card must match photo ID.
  • Negative COVID PCR test (taken within 48 hours prior to performance) - name on the test results must match photo ID.

No one will be admitted without a mask, photo ID and either proof of vaccine or negative COVID-19 PCR test. No exceptions.

Please stay home if...

  • You are sick or have any of the following symptoms: fever, sore throat, chills, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, nausea, or vomiting.
  • You’ve been in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms within the past 14 days.
  • You’ve been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a health care provider or public health official.
  • You are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 PCR test.
For more information about COVID-19 protocols, please click here.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions from the following:

Classical Concert Series underwritten by Anderman Family Foundation

Concerts sponsored by Judith M. Gappa
Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd
Guest Artist Olga Kern underwritten by Sara and Edward Kozel
World Premiere underwritten by First Symphony Project commissioners: Nancy and David Berto, Gordon Blumenfeld, Chuck and Ellen Wear, Creighton White in loving memory of Dorothy Bristow White, and Chloe Tula and Francesco Lecce-Chong
World Premiere Supporting Sponsor: Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy
Discovery Open Rehearsal Series sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert Talks Sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy
Season media sponsor: The Press Democrat

Programs, dates, artist, prices and COVID-19 protocols are subject to change without notice. Tickets are subject to availability.

Contact Us

Administrative Office:
50 Santa Rosa Ave
Suite 410
Santa Rosa CA 95404
Phone:  (707) 546-7097

Patron Services | Box Office:
Phone: (707) 546-8742


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